Diamond Pacific Nova Resin-Bond Diamond Sanding & Polishing Wheels quickly prepare your lapidary stones for polish. Top quality diamonds embedded within a tough, flexible plastic resin layer bonded to a soft, thick foam rubber backing are mounted to a plastic core offering the best durability. In-stock wheels ship within 24 business hours!
The all-purpose sequence for many commercial lapidary materials is the 280, 600, 1200, and 3,000 grit Nova sanding wheels, followed by the use of a 14,000 Nova Resin Bond Diamond Lap or wheel, and finishing with a Cerium Oxide cerium oxide polishing wheels or screw-backcerium Nova lap . This combination will put an excellent polish on most stones, some hard-to-polish material may require more steps such as additional grit Nova Wheels or polish compounds like diamond compound paste or Cerium Oxide Polishing Powder.
Nova wheels MUST be used with water at ALL TIMES. Really... ALL TIMES. Never dry. Not even for a hot second. WITH WATER! Trust us. Nova soft wheels should be broken in by sanding and polishing a large agate or quartz cab prior to working on other stones. This removes the sharp application layer of resin coating. You can also perform this step with your knuckles as many an absent-minded cabber can attest, but it's best to spend two to five minutes on each wheel with your starter cab, working it over the entire surface of the wheel. Note the finer grit wheels 3000+ will take longer to remove the excess resin. Your wheel smoothness will continue to improve in speed and finish as more stones are worked and the surface becomes smooth. Use enough pressure to cause the surface of the Nova sanding wheel to depress slightly to conform to your stone. This eliminates the flat spots left by the grinding wheels and will cause fewer scratches than would be produced by too-light pressure. Take care that you do not allow the leading edge of the stone to become a plow and damage the resin surface of the wheel. Likewise do not plunge jagged or rough edges directly into a Nova lapidary wheel, this will surely cause undue wear in pinpoint areas on your wheel surface and make you sad. Spend plenty of time on each Nova grinding wheel step. Some lapidaries end a step sanding in one direction only so it is easier to identify stubborn scratches later if they persist. Dry your stone between steps to inspect for scratches deeper than others and work them out before moving on.
Diamond Pacific Nova Resin-Bond Diamond Sanding and Polishing Wheels quickly prepare your shaped pieces for polishing after initial shaping with ultra long-life Inland Sintered, top-shelf Diamond Pacific Galaxy, or standard CabKing plated diamond grinding wheels.
High quality diamonds are embedded within a tough and flexible plastic resin layer which is bonded to a soft, thick foam rubber backing mounted to a plastic core. After grinding your stone or preform with a hard plated Diamond Pacific Galaxy Diamond Wheel you can count on have some stubborn scratches to deal with. The foam layer of the Nova Wheel allows the resin surface of the wheel to conform to your preforms and cabochons, which helps the carefully graded diamonds to reach and eliminate flat spots and scratches across the surface of your gemstone. Diamond Pacific utilizes a double-concentrated amount of diamonds in the resin layer to provide a durable, fast-cutting wheel for professional lapidaries and jewelers creating custom body jewelry where time and accuracy is key.
HOW TO CHOOSE
It is recommended that Diamond Pacific Nova Wheels be used in sets rather than in combination with other brands or styles of sanding and polishing wheels to allow for predictable and intended progression between wheels. Nova Wheels have a 1" arbor hole and fit most lapidary arbors directly. Wheel bushings are NOT included and will be necessary to install on arbors having smaller than 1 inch shaft sizes. Precut shaft spacers are available when needed.
A wide choice of grit and wheel sizes are available to fit your needs and equipment:
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Check out additional products and accessories that can be used in sequence with Nova Wheels to supercharge your cabbing process or adapt them to your current equipment.
OPTIONAL UPGRADES + ACCESSORIES
- Cerium Oxide Polishing Wheels can be used after sanding to quickly add a mirror finish to your stones without the mess of pastes and slurries.
- You can equip your Diamond Pacific Cabbing Machine or CabKing with a spare shaft to quickly change out your choice of additional wheels without having to disassemble your cabber's mounting nut!
- Wheel bushings are NOT included and will be necessary to install on arbors having smaller than 1 inch shaft sizes.
- Spacing between wheels may need adusted for CabKing or other machines if you are upgrading from another brand wheel to ensure your water supply continues to route correctly to the wheel as intended. Precut shaft spacers are available when needed.
- Working flats? Use Magnetic Nova Laps or screw-back plated laps.
Nova wheels are unmatched in durability and will provide longer life than other resin-bond diamond wheels. However, there are other options to fit your budget: